Leeds reopen closed parts of Elland Road as Newcastle match heads for biggest crowd in years
The Leeds v Newcastle match is set to see the biggest Elland Road league crowd for years.
With demand for tickets growing by the day, Leeds United have revealed that a crowd of over 32,000 is already guaranteed, which includes a disappointing allocation of only 2,764 given to Newcastle fans.
Despite gates dropping as low as nineteen thousand this season, the Newcastle match is clearly one that Leeds fans are desperate to see.
Parts of Elland Road that had been closed off are now being reopened, with home supporters allowed to buy tickets in the East Stand Upper.
It is 13 seasons since the last Leeds v Newcastle league match, in 2009/10 when NUFC dropped into the Championship, Leeds were ‘enjoying’ life in League One.
That 2009/10 season in League One was the last time Leeds United put up the sold out signs for a league match, with 38.234 turning up for the final day of the season against Bristol Rovers as the Yorkshire club made their way back to the Championship.
Despite constant instability under a mental owner (Leeds not Newcastle…) Garry Monk looks to be doing a decent job, with limited resources he has produced a run of seven games unbeaten at home and Leeds are now only one point off the play-offs.
Last season saw Elland Road fail to attract a single thirty thousand crowd in the Championship but with almost three weeks still to go until the televised game on Sunday 20 November, Leeds United are looking nailed on to sell the six thousand remaining tickets and at last have something to shout about…at least until the match kicks off.
Whilst Newcastle fans will feel hard done by with under three thousand tickets, at least of it is a home sell out then at least Leeds can largely justify that.
Whereas at Hull we are going to have a shameful farce, whereby they have insisted Newcastle will get the minimum possible number of tickets (probably 2,500) for the League Cup quarter-final, despite the gate likely to be under twenty thousand, with at least five thousand empty seats.
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